Restora­tion plans for 2016

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A RECORD 35 weeks of work at 16 dif­fer­ent work­sites on 14 canals from Stover in the south-west to Pocklington in North York­shire fea­ture in Wa­ter­way Re­cov­ery Group’s 2016 pro­gramme of Canal Camps – week-long work­ing hol­i­days sup­port­ing lo­cal canal groups’ restora­tion projects across the coun­try.

Get­ting a big push from WRG’s vol­un­teers this year are the Cotswold Canals, with no fewer than ten weeks of work spread along the route, and the Gran­tham where the whole of July will be spent re­build­ing Lock 15 at Wool­sthope. But it isn’t just about the big wellestab­lished projects: there will be camps work­ing on up-and-com­ing schemes like the Ut­tox­eter and the Coun­cil. There were also cat­e­gories for Canal Wildlife and Canal Ac­tiv­i­ties, and all the win­ning en­tries can be seen at devon.gov.uk/gwcpho­tos. Shrews­bury & New­port, as well as re­turn­ing to sites that haven’t seen WRG for a while such as the La­pal Canal.

The vol­un­teers’ work will in­clude ev­ery­thing from clear­ing mud and veg­e­ta­tion from derelict canal beds to re­build­ing locks and bridges, and from tra­di­tional tech­niques in­volv­ing wil­low hur­dles and stone­ma­sonry to mod­ern con­crete con­struc­tion. New vol­un­teers of all ages over 18 are wel­come on WRG camps, and no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary. See wrg.org.uk.

Luke will be­gin his Lau­re­ate­ship by foot, writ­ing about his canal­side jour­neys as he goes, in a se­ries of new po­ems. The po­ems, and other sur­real ob­ser­va­tions, will be pub­lished from Jan­uary on the project blog wa­ter­lines.org.uk and you can fol­low his ad­ven­ture via Twit­ter@canalpo­etry.

Richard Parry, Canal & River Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We’re de­lighted to wel­come Luke Ken­nard as the new Canal Lau­re­ate. Luke, as a ‘curious pedes­trian’, will pro­vide a new per­spec­tive, as he ex­plores and learns about our his­toric canals and rivers afresh, and we’re ex­cited to see the di­rec­tion he takes.”

bruce­branch@ka­trust.org.uk.

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